Variety is the spice of life (and fitness!)

I’ve heard this complaint before. I’ve had this complaint before.

“I spend 1-2 hours per day on my (treadmill/elliptical/other repetitive fitness machine/activity here) and I’m not making any progress!”

Of course not. That’s because your body is smart. It’s adapted to the additional exercise because you’ve repeated it so often, so you’re not making any headway. This is the cause of many plateaus, and I refer to this as “putting all of your exercise eggs in one basket.” Go on your treadmill or elliptical one way, lift weights the next, go for a walk another day, do a high intensity interval workout another (unlike things like using a treadmill or elliptical, which is steady state cardio)…you get the picture. Just don’t do the same, exact workout routine over and over again.

Tony Horton refers to what he does in P90X as “muscle confusion.” Some have blown this off as an advertising gimmick, but what he’s really doing is applying a nice catch phrase to the above phenomenon I’ve described: vary up your routine, keep your body guessing, and avoid those awful, frustrating fitness plateaus.

In short…get some variety in, work out different muscle groups each day…and you’ll start to see those results again. 🙂

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